Martin Clancy v Theo Slade
British Championship 2014, Rd.10
Theo bounces back with a this win in a sharp, tactical game
21.Rfc1 is the better rook move, I think but black is still better, I think. 21...Bf5 (21...Bh3 22.Qf3) After 22.Bd8 I can't see any advantage for black. (IMG, a.k.a. Fritz this time!) 22.Qxa8 Bh3 23.g3 Nxg3 24.fxg3 Qe4 mates).
I don't agree with Robin here. 21.Rac1 is the better move in my view. 21...Bh3 (21...Nd2 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 23.Qxc8 Nxf1 24.Kxf1 Qb1+ 25.Ke2 Qxb2+ 26.Kd1 Qxb3+ (26...Qxf2 27.Qh3+ Kg8 28.Qe6+ Qf7) 29.Qxe5+- 27.Qc2+ Qxc2+ 28.Kxc2+/-) 22.Qf3 Bg4 23.Qe3 d4 (23...Re8 24.Rc7 d4 25.Qd3 Bf5 26.Qe2 Fritz assesses this a a win for white. Black now has no compensation for the sacrificed material. (IMG)
Watching, I thought 22...Bg4 wins. 23.Qxa8 (23.Rxd2 Rxf8 24.Bxf8 Bf3-+) (IMG) 23...Nf3+ 24.Kf1 (24.Kh1 lasts longest. 24...Qe4 and black cannot avoid mate; 24.Kg2 similar) 24...Bh3+ 25.Ke2 Qe4# Did Theo see it? Or did he think 22... Qe4 was simpler (it isn't)?
29.Bc3 and black still has a bit of work to do, but he's winning
Notes by Robin Kneebone with Fritz-assisted interruptions by Ian George